Life in the tablet category used to be simple. There were 7-inchers and 10-inchers and comparisons only occurred within each tablet’s size category. This year however, Apple, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble have successfully muddied the once-clear waters by respectfully releasing 7.9-inch, 8.9-inch, and 9-inch tablets. Screen The iPad Mini’s 7.9-inch, 1,024×768-pixel screen has wide viewing angles and good color reproduction, but when it comes to resolution, it can’t hold a candle to either the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 nor the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+. By comparison, text and pictures can appear blurry and videos display with a noticeably dithered look. The Fire HD 8.9’s 1,920×1,200-pixel screen looks bright, vibrant, and the dark background and white text of the tablet’s interface produces a highly contrasted look. Apps, text, and videos look extremely sharp. The Nook HD+ has the highest resolution of the group with 1,920×1,280 pixels on a 9-inch screen. Text, pictures, and videos look incredibly sharp — maybe slightly sharper than on the Fire HD 8.9, but it’s really difficult to tell. However, the Nook HD+’s screen is much more susceptible to moisture, so oily fingerprints tend to create a moire effect on the screen, blurring certain assets,…
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